Social Justice and Youth

Recently a woman who was a student in the 1970s told me about her memories of female teachers who wore their hair long, sported long flowing skirts and ran across the playground bra-less. Aah the ’70s. The young teachers in the 1970s were university students during the turbulent late ’60s and have either retired in [...]

Outdoor Living: Back to Nature

Pamela Chan, There is no such thing as bad weather – just bad choices in outerwear. Since our family moved to Coquitlam two years ago, we’ve been experimenting with walks in neighbouring parks, rivers and lakes that are all new to us. Coquitlam and the surrounding cities of Port Moody, Port Coquitlam and Maple [...]

Invite a Child to Create a Natural House

If you follow information about outdoor education and the international movement to help children experience the outdoors, you will enjoy hearing a recent talk shared by  the Pecha Kucha office in Tokyo.  The subject matter fits perfectly with the ideals that have been expressed by promoters of the outdoor education movement. Englishman David Pollard spoke [...]

Embrace Diversity and Be Weird. Be You!

In the spirit of the Bullying Summit taking place in Vancouver today, here are a few questions one might pose that are a shift off of the more common “are you or have you ever been bullied?” question. * Were you ever isolated, ignored, treated like or told that you were weird and or “different” [...]

Daily Dish: To Honour, Cherish and Celebrate

It’s not very often that I have had the opportunity to know someone who embraces the concept of honouring, cherishing and celebrating people and life with passion, enthusiasm and commitment.  Over the period of five years, I worked with a Montessori colleague in Japan who was also the Principal of our department.  Our five classroom [...]

Will They Play Again?

“What people do not understand, they do not value. What they do not value, they will not protect and what they do not protect they will lose. “– Charles Jordan * Watch Play Again online in the comfort of your own home.  The next online screening will be on March 7th, 2012. In the award [...]

Back to School Again

Over at there is a busy and useful online discussion taking place about back to school topics.  If your children are starting school, you’ll probably have a few questions that you’d like to ask about the new school year routine. If your children are in high school, you’ve probably got the Back to School activities down [...]

Mad About Montessori

Author Trevor Eissler was, quite literally, mad about Montessori – in more ways than one.  As he explains it, he found out about Montessori programmes, loved the programme and then felt mad that others didn’t understand much about the programme or why it is so wonderful. So Eissler – a professional pilot,  not educator – decided to [...]

Daily Dish:  Hello space cadet!

Since my twins were born in 2009 my head has been pretty much face down in front of my feet.  New ventures take some planning and are slow to reach fruition.  Not long after the twins were born I did attend sessions held by nurses in the local Round House Community Centre in Yaletown. Once [...]

Let's Talk:  I am Tiger Mother.  Hear me yell.

I have many [regrets]. I wish I hadn’t been so harsh. I wish I hadn’t lost my temper so much. I wish I’d paid more attention earlier to the individual personalities of my daughters. Maybe given them a little more choice. If I’d had to do it all over again, I would basically do the [...]

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